“People strive for diets because it gives them hope but at the end it makes them feel hopeless.”-Reshaunda Thornton
Americans have a complicated relationship with food. We obsess over food television, recipes, and cookbooks, and simultaneously grapple with dietary problems like obesity, anorexia, diabetes, and heart-disease. There are seemingly more diets and diet books every year, yet it doesn’t feel or seem like we’re getting any healthier. Why is this?
To unpack our country’s unhealthy love-hate relationship to food we sat down with Reshaunda Thornton, the dietician against diets. In her book, TED Talk, and one-on-one work with her clients, Reshaunda has built a positive alternative to diet culture that is as effective as it is compassionate and adaptable. In our chat, we explore:
- Why so many people are drawn to diets even though most of them fail
- Why we the idea of motivation is overrated when it comes to diet and why habits and consistency matter more
- The key steps that she has her clients take to better understand their relationship to food and start making choices out of love instead of out of fear or obligation.
- Why she tells her client stop “stop counting calories and start making every calorie count.”
- How eating better starts with loving yourself and making time for yourself.
This is one of our most eye-opening episodes to date that will leave you re-thinking how you relate to food and yourself for better and for always.
- Learn more about Reshaunda on her website
- Reshaunda’s TED Talk is a must watch.
- Stay up to speed on her work by following her Instagram
- You can learn more about Reshaunda’s philosophy by buying her book: “Play to Win the Food Fight.”
- Reilly recommends reading “The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man’s Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America” by Tommy Tomlinson
- What’s giving Reilly hope these days is the music video for “Grow Food” from the folks at Appetite for Change
- Reshaunda’s favorite song is “I Was Here” by Beyoncé
- Reilly’s favorite Beyoncé song is “Freedom” featuring Kendrick Lamar